Tuesday, January 05, 2010

THE BOOK OF LIFE

The book of Revelation talks about a book, called "the book of life." It is referred to a number of times. It is the "book of life of the Lamb" (Rev. 13:8; 21:27) and those who worship the Beast are not written in the book. No one in all of history who did not repent of worshiping idols has ever been written in the Lamb's book of life. On Judgment Day, books will be opened including the book of life (Rev. 20:12). All men on that day will be judged according to their deeds. And those whose names are not written in the book of life will be thrown into the eternal place of fire (Rev. 20:15). In fact, the only people who will enter heaven are those whose names are written in the book of life (Rev. 21:27). There is no exception to this. Those who worship and are faithful to Jesus Christ, their names are in the book of life. But those who participate in the immoralities of the world, who persecute Christians, and rebel against God, they will suffer in hell for eternity.

Because God loves the world and sent His only begotten Son to die for the whole world, each and every person has a choice to accept or reject Jesus. It is a personal choice which God allows each to make. Even the Christian who turns away from God can have his name erased from the book of life (Rev. 3:5). It is a choice of faith to become a Christian and it is a choice of faith to stay a Christian. God extends His saving grace, but He does not force anyone to take it. Because He is not a respecter or persons, He also does not withhold the invitation from anyone. "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' And let the one who hears say, 'Come.' And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost." (Rev. 22:17).

Is your name written in the book of life? It can be if you believe in Jesus, turn away from sin, and put Jesus on in Baptism. To be baptized into Christ is to "clothe yourself with Christ" and His righteousness. Those who are cleansed by the blood - which is appropriated at baptism - are made righteous and written into the book.

Look at the following verses to see the importance and necessity of baptism:
Matthew 28:19,20
Mark 16:15,16
John 3:5; Titus 3:5
Acts 2:38
Acts 22:16
Romans 6:3-5
Galatians 3:26,27
Colossians 2:12
1 Peter 3:21

God bless you in your search for the Truth.

2 comments:

  1. Well said MD i liked it. I think the thing is people want an easier softer way they dont want to obey Jesus. They think being a good person or whatever is good enough. But we must remember what Jesus said " I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the father but through me. Now if thats true, which i believe it is then we need to be finding out what we need to do to get through Jesus to GOD the father.

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  2. Anonymous12:11 PM

    It is good to hear this. So many from the pulpit worry about offending someone with the truth they stop preaching it. Gods word is and never will be offensive. It is alive and real. It tells us how it is. Many try to ignore it and live in their own spiritual bubble and when it is popped by Gods word they become offended. They are the offensive ones, not HIM! That's why we need Jesus Christ as our mediator. We all fall short of His glory. Thank you for the refreshing words.

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